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  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,861

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book

  • By Suzn F on 07-21-13

Highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This is a wonderful, touching story, beautifully read. The two narrators were absolutely perfect for their parts and meshed seamlessly. Be advised, this is not a romance per se, but a moving story of friendship between two amazing women and the hardships they faced during World War 2. There's an interesting addendum by the author at the end, so keep listening.

  • The Chosen One

  • By: T. B. Markinson
  • Narrated by: Lori Prince
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can't take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya's mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, awesome performance!

  • By Monique Mehring on 05-29-18

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Plot was good and the reader did well on many of the voices. The MC was just a little too "valley girl" for me, often came off as whiny and immature. That may have been the point, but it was a bit annoying at times. Otherwise, a well-written story.

  • High Desert

  • A Kate Delafield Mystery
  • By: Katherine V. Forrest
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

In this long-awaited new installment of the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, Kate is forced to confront her most formidable opponent: herself. Kate Delafield is in a world of trouble. Five months into mandated retirement from the LAPD, her long term on-again off-again relationship with Aimee Grant is off again. She's become hopelessly dependent on the only substance that can drown her pain over Aimee - and the illness of her best friend. She is lost without her police career and beset by terrifying dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kate has been missed

  • By DJ on 06-19-16

Great story - wonderful narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

What made the experience of listening to High Desert the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing characters' voices as well as expressing feeling where needed.

What did you like best about this story?

The wide range of emotions, and relative unpredictability of plot

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick just one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was willing to savor it, stop and come back, but was always eager for my next chance to listen.

Any additional comments?

Katherine V Forrest is a great writer, and this narrator really did her work justice. Very enjoyable all around, and highly recommended.

  • The Full Legacy: A Lesbian Mystery Romance

  • By: Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Shelley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

London 1993 - Gill is wary of love. Since the death of her partner, Corinne, she has put all her energy into building up her photography business, being a good and reliable friend, and avoiding relationships at all costs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than I Expected

  • By Heath on 06-27-15

Good Story - Excellent Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-15

What did you love best about The Full Legacy?

A couple of interesting twists at the end kept this story from being formulaic or predictable.

What other book might you compare The Full Legacy to and why?

None come to mind, but that's not a bad thing

What does Elizabeth Shelley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her accent makes me understand the characters better. Some British idioms just come across better when pronounced by a Brit.

Who was the most memorable character of The Full Legacy and why?

Turner - mysterious, beautiful...what's not to like about that? The author did a good job of making the listener question her trustworthiness without ever completely disliking her

Any additional comments?

My first read from this author but would like to read more. Also my first listen to Elizabeth Shelley but highly recommend her.

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  • Blackmail, My Love

  • A Murder Mystery
  • By: Katie Gilmartin
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Josie O'Conner travels to San Francisco in 1951 to locate her gay brother, a private dick investigating a blackmail ring targeting lesbians and gay men. Jimmy's friends claim that just before he disappeared he became a rat, informing the cops on the bar community. Josie adopts Jimmy's trousers and wingtips, battling to clear his name, halt the blackmailers, and exact justice for the many queer corpses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Writing, Beautifully Read

  • By CJ on 06-14-15

Fine Writing, Beautifully Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Where does Blackmail, My Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. A well-written story and wonderful narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackmail, My Love?

Don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read, so I'll just say the butch who spoke at the funeral moved me to tears.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to pick just one but I liked Lucille talking with Jo about sex

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but not because I wasn't enjoying it. Sometimes I needed to absorb a bit or recover from a very emotional scene before I was ready to go on.

Any additional comments?

I like historical fiction anyway, but would absolutely recommend this book. It might be especially instructive for younger readers, to get a view of what it was like "in the life" in the McCarthy era. Katie Gilmartin can really turn a phrase and beautifully captures the tone of classic1950's detective stories. Eva Kaminsky did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Music of the Soul

  • By: Erik Schubach
  • Narrated by: Pamela Lorence
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Mandy Harris, the rock world's bad girl, has lost her sense of self. Turning her back on the music she once loved, she returns to her hometown. After a chance meeting with Anabella, a deaf girl with a unique appreciation for music and life, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to her. Finding love, pain, and a new sense of self. Their passion gives them the strength to heal both of their pasts, and start again. This is the first book in the Music of the Soul series, all volumes are stand alone novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Twist That Partially Delivers

  • By Me & My Girls on 05-16-14

Barely got through it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-15

What would have made Music of the Soul better?

Different narrator - at least for the main character's voice. She would have been fine as the sweet girlfriend but just didn't work for me at all as a hardened rock star bad girl. Also, the plot was just too predictable, dragging in parts and all heavy with too many cliches and unrealistic "cutesy" remarks by tough girl rock star.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something else in this genre - but not by this author.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pamela Lorence?

Frankly wouldn't want to waste someone's talent on this lousy story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Might be ok for young adult fiction - but would hope the young adults might have higher expectations in terms of the plot.

Any additional comments?

Don't mean to be unkind, but just want to spare anyone else wasting their time on this one.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Pale

  • By: Elana Dykewomon
  • Narrated by: Elana Dykewomon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Beyond the Pale - winner of the Lambda Literary Award - tells the stories of two Jewish women living through times of darkness and inhumanity in the early 20th century, capturing their undaunted love and courage in luminous and moving prose. The richly textured novel details Gutke Gurvich's odyssey from her apprenticeship as a midwife in a Russian shtetl to her work in the suffrage movement in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great historical fiction with a lesbian twist

  • By Kelly on 11-25-13

Great Historical Novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Pale to be better than the print version?

I love print books too, but in this case, yes. The reader/author included much authentic-sounding dialect in Russian, Yiddish, etc, that I enjoyed hearing her pronounce, rather than just having to guess at it myself, which tends to slow me down and break the rhythm of my reading. Listening to it gave me a much better sense of her characters, as well as of the languages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Pale?

The Triangle Shirtwaist fire, beyond question. Beyond my poor ability to describe, but absolutely unforgettable. I also enjoyed the tender moments between the two main characters, especially when they were in the camp.

What does Elana Dykewomon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Besides the pronunciation issue as I mentioned above, I felt the author/reader was truly invested in the story. There was a deep sense of historical perspective. I probably would have felt that if I had read the book as well but in listening to it, at times I got the sense of her barely contained outrage at various social/political/economic injustices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, although I listened to most of it on a long drive, so I had fairly lengthy sessions between breaks. With a book like this, I like a little time off to process the characters' experiences. But not too much!

Any additional comments?

Not typical of many book of this genre (lesbian fiction) in that it goes much deeper into the times and places than most. The romance aspect is very understated, as it would have been in those times, but still deeply felt. I graded the story down one star simply because there were a few times I would find myself ready for something else to happen (for the plot to move on) - but then it usually would. So not a book for those looking for some quick thrills, but if you're ready to spend some time and thought on an interesting story, this is the book for you. It still crosses my mind, months later.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful